Football Falls 41-31 to Randolph-Macon
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-In the 118th edition of the Game, Randolph-Macon hit the scoreboard first and never relinquished its lead to take a 41-31 victory at Everett Stadium. The Tigers pulled within three points one and four points three times, but could not take the lead. The Tigers end their season at 6-4 overall and 4-3 in ODAC play, and the Yellow Jackets stand at 7-3 and 5-2 in the ODAC.
Sophomore receiver Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) tallied a game-high 129 yards with a touchdown on seven receptions. His 1,262 receiving yards stand fifth best in school history while his 12 touchdown receptions are third best.
Randolph-Macon was the first to hit the scoreboard with a seven yard quarterback run by Zac Naccarato just over four minutes into the game.
The Tigers responded with a 20-yard field goal from Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) to come with four, but the Jackets fired right back with a four and a half minute scoring drive to go up 14-3.
Hampden-Sydney gained momentum in the second stanza, outscoring Randolph-Macon 14-7. Senior h-back John Michael Sparagna (Mechanicsville, VA/Old Dominion) started off the quarter with a 20-yard touchdown reception from John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) to cap off a six play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:52 off the clock.
The Yellow Jackets chewed up almost seven minutes on their next scoring drive - a one-yard run from Naccarato - but the Tigers came back just two and a half minutes later as sophomore quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) found the end zone from one-yard out to bring the Tigers within four at 21-17 at intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, Randolph-Macon increased its lead to 27-17 after a Will McGhee 21-yard run, but again the Tigers came right back just one play later as Nance ran for a 79-yard touchdown.
Randolph-Macon's Vance Hendren, however, scored the next two touchdowns to give the visitors a 41-24 lead.
28 seconds after Hendren's score, Nance hit Walker for a 58-yard touchdown to bring it within ten with two minutes to play. Randolph-Macon, however, recovered the ensuing onsides kick and was able to run the clock out.
On the day, Nance was 17-of-30 for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran six times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) ran 11 times for 49 yards.
Sparagna was a solid target with four catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Tigers notched 485 yards of offense via 172 rushing and 313 passing.
Randolph-Macon was led by McGhee's 186 rushing yards with a touchdown on 34 carries. Hendren scored twice to go with 50 yards on eight carries. Naccarato was 16-of-19 for 154 yards and a score. Luke Sellers led the receivers with seven catches for 60 yards.
Defensively, Hampden-Sydney was led by Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) who had 19 tackles. Alex Price (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) and Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) also reached double digits with 14 and 12 tackles, respectively.
Randolph-Macon was led by Akeem Hardy's eight tackles. David Fetter added five stops and Brandon Harrison added four.